Chronic lower back pain has traditionally been treated with pain relievers, physical therapy and surgery. However, new studies are showing promise for an alternative method for treating back pain which is minimally invasive and does not involve the use of drugs.
This minimally invasive back pain treatment known as the mild procedure remains effective after two years, according to a new study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain.
The mild procedure is designed to alleviate pain for patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis, which is caused by a narrowing of the spinal column due to age and wear. Stenosis compresses the nerves in the spinal canal, causing back pain and leg pain. Mild relieves the compression by restoring space in the spinal canal through an incision the size of a baby aspirin.
The mild study monitored 45 patients at 11 locations during a two year period and found statistically significant improvement in pain relief and physical function. Patient progress was documented at multiple times over the two year period, with patients reporting “major improvement” after just one week. The improvement continued with each subsequent follow-up.
Mild is performed on an outpatient basis, does not require general anesthesia or stitches, and has a reported success rate of nearly 80%.
Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis is a common disease of the lumbar spine with symptoms generally beginning at 50 to 60 years of age. As many as 1.2 million Americans may have it. Although not life threatening, it can severely limit activity and cause chronic pain.
For more information on the mild procedure and treatment for LSS, contact Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.
National Pain Report